'Porgy' and Music's Racial Politics

May 9, 2010


Since the checkered performance history of ''Porgy and Bess'' runs parallel to the civil rights movement, it may provide a telling diagnostic on the covert racial politics of the classical-music world. Cori Ellison, New York City Opera's dramaturge, looks at this issue in a New York Times article.

http://www.nytimes.com/1998/12/13/arts/music-porgy-and-music-s-racial-politics.html?scp=11&sq=&pagewanted=1

Photo courtesy of Washington National Opera.

Tags: Porgy and Bess, opera

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DIVERSITY: Artistic
DIVERSITY: African American / Black Community